This unique national program — with participation by local organizations throughout the U.S. — focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.
The goal of this event is to encourage women to take control of their health: to learn the facts they need to make smart health choices and to make time for regular physical activity.
Because of its grassroots nature, the event provides an excellent opportunity for local organizations to showcase the health-related programs and services they offer to women in their communities.
There are some women who are so busy caring for their families and others, they neglect to care for themselves. On this day remind the women in your life to take steps to improve their health and prevent disease.
It is important for women to get regular checkups because screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap tests, can find diseases early when they are easier to treat. Some women need certain screening tests earlier, or more often than others. Screenings and routine care can help women lower their risks of many health conditions, including heart disease.
National Women's Health and Fitness Day is a public/private good health partnership organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for consumer health information professionals.
locations. An estimated 100,000 women of all ages will participate in the 10th annual National Women's Health and Fitness Day at hundreds of community locations across the country.
More than 1,400 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community.
Heart health is at the heart of all health. When you look after your heart it means eating and drinking well, exercising, stopping smoking... all the things that make you not only healthier but also feel good and able to enjoy your life to the fullest.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing 17.5 million people a year. That's a third of all deaths on the planet and half of all non-communicable-disease-related deaths. Around 80% of these deaths are in low- and middle-income countries where human and financial resources are least able to address the CVD burden.
World Heart Day plays a crucial role in changing all of this. It is a vital global platform that raises awareness and encourages individuals, families, communities, and governments to take action now. Together we have the power to reduce the burden of, and premature deaths from, CVD, helping people everywhere to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives.
The World Heart Federation exists to prevent and control these diseases through awareness campaigns and action, promoting the exchange of information, ideas, and science among those involved in cardiovascular care, advocating for disease prevention and control by promoting healthy diets, physical activity, and tobacco-free living at an individual, community and policymaker level. There work is organized in four programme areas.
Applied Research Sharing Science and Building Capacity
Over 70 percent of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim.
The world’s most common cause of death. CVDs Facts and Figures
Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke Warning Signs of a Heart Attack include: *Chest discomfort, including squeezing or pain in the center of the chest between the breasts or behind the breastbone *Discomfort and/or pain spreading to other areas of the upper body such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach *Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort Other signs include unexplained weakness or fatigue, anxiety or unusual nervousness, indigestion or gas-like pain, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, and collapse.
Warning Signs of a Stroke include:
*Sudden weakness of the face, arm, or leg, most often on one side of the body *Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
*Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
*Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
*Sudden, severe headache with no known cause If experiencing any of these signs, which could come and go, call your emergency services/ambulance immediately. If there is no emergency response number, seek medical attention as soon as possible. CVD risk factors include: Women and CVD - Facts and Tips Visit the World Heart Foundation for more information.
Potatoes are one of the vegetables in the nightshade
(Solanaceae) family, which includes eggplant, tomatoes and bell peppers. It is
a starchy, tuberous crop. Potatoes are the world's fourth-largest food crop,
following maize, wheat, and rice.
One medium potato (5.3 oz) with the skin contains: 110 Calories; Vitamin C (45 % DV); 620 mg potassium; Vitamin B6 (10 % DV); No Fat; No Sodium; No Cholesterol; and Trace amounts of thiamine, riboflavin,
folate, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. Potatoes also contain a variety of phytonutrients that have
antioxidant activity. Among these important health-promoting compounds are
carotenoids and flavonoids.
About 20% of the potato’s nutrition is found in the
skin. Most of the vitamin C and
potassium are found in the potato’s flesh, but the fiber is found in the skin. That’s why it’s best to enjoy every part of
According to MyPlate, Potatoes are a vegetable. It counts toward the total recommended
servings of vegetables. One medium-sized potato (5.3 oz.) counts as 1 cup of
Rose, Gold, and Purple Potato Salad
5 Small Round Potatoes: 1 Honey Gold 2 Enchanted Rose 2 Purple Splendor Dash Curry Powder 2 tsp Dijon Mustard 1 Tbsp Italian Dressing, fat-free
Directions 1. Roast potatoes and dice. 2. In a bowl combine curry, mustard, and Italian dressing. Mix. 3. Add potatoes to marinade and coat well.
Celebrate National Pancake Day as a fun family activity.
Remember a stack of pancakes is not a single serving.
1 stack (10 pancakes) equals approximately 1000 calories
"Perfect Pancake" - "Sid the Science Kid"
What is a Pancake?
A pancake is a thin, flat cake prepared from a batter and cooked on a hot griddle or frying pan. Most pancakes are quick breads; some use a yeast-raised or fermented batter. Most pancakes are cooked one side on a griddle and flipped partway through to cook the other side. Depending on the region, pancakes may be served at any time, with a variety of toppings or fillings including jam, fruit, syrup or meat.
The pancake's shape and structure varies worldwide. There are numerous variations of them throughout Europe. A crêpe is a French variety of thin pancake cooked on one or both sides in a special crepe pan to achieve a network of fine bubbles often compared to lace - a savory variety made from buckwheat is usually known as a galette. In Germany, pancakes can be made from potatoes. In Italy, they can be fried and stuffed with ricotta and chocolate into what is known as a cannoli.
John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845), called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples.
Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ is a national movement promoting parental engagement as a tool to help keep kids substance-free. Family Day began as a grassroots initiative and has grown to become a nationwide celebration. In 2010 President Obama, all the Governors and over a 1,000 Mayors and County Executives proclaimed and supported Family Day!
More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.
Dinners Make A Difference! While there are no silver bullets – substance abuse can strike any family regardless of ethnicity, affluence, age or gender – the parental engagement fostered at the dinner table can be a simple, effective tool to help prevent substance abuse in kids.
Join the Movement - National Family Meals Month
Family mealtime is an ageless tradition shared by people all around the world. Eating dinner together keeps the doors of communication open. It's a perfect time to show your children they are your priority. Studies have shown children who eat dinner with their families are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs and more likely to develop good eating habits.
Sesame Street: Eat Together! Quick and Easy Meals to
Bring Families Together at Meal Time
Stock up on non-perishable foods that don't require refrigeration, and choose single-serve sizes if available to avoid the need for refrigeration of unused portions. Consider these easy, healthy, shelf-stable foods:
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods’ Home Food Safety program is dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of foodborne illness and providing solutions for easily and safely handling food in their own kitchens. More information can be found at Home Food Safety.
Every woman will go through the “change of life,” around 50 years of age plus or minus. This is the time of her last period (or menstruation). Symptoms of menopause vary with every woman. Common symptoms include hot flashes; night sweats; sleep irregularity; mood changes; and possible weight gain around the middle. Some women go through menopause without symptoms.
Due to a decrease in hormone levels and the aging process, many women find themselves gaining weight in their forties and fifties. There is a loss of muscle, which decreases the metabolism; and a gain of fat, mainly in the belly area. Lifestyle factors will play an important role in how you handle menopause. Menopausal women tend to be less active and eat more calories than they need.
Nutrition, Eating and
Wellness Guidelines for Menopause
Maintain a healthy weight; it will decrease your risk of heart disease and other problems.
Meet your calcium and vitamin D needs. This is important to maintain healthy bones and prevent bone loss that may occur after menopause. Good food sources of calcium include dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese; fortified soy and rice beverages; fortified juices; and canned fish with bones. Good food sources of vitamin D include milk, fortified soy and rice beverages, fortified juices, and fatty fish.
Be physically active every day. Physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight, keep bones strong and energy levels up, and decrease the risk of heart disease and other age-related complications.
Some women will try soy and flax in food to help relieve the side effects of menopause. Currently, studies have not proven that soy and flax help.
Wear lightweight and layered clothes. Body temperature fluctuates from hot to cold.
Keep a cold glass of water by your side. Due to hot flashes and excessive sweating, it is important to stay hydrated.
Take time to laugh.
How to Avoid Menopausal Weight Gain
You don't have to gain weight as a result of menopause. Elizabeth Somer, RD explains how to avoid weight gain after menopause.
He is known to millions as "Raffi", a beloved songwriter and performer, author, ecology advocate and founder of Centre for Child Honouring. Child Honouring is a vision for creating a humane and sustainable world by addressing the universal needs of children.
In his career, which spans three-decades, Raffi has refused all commercial endorsement offers, and Troubadour Music, his own company, has never directly advertised or marketed to children. He is a passionate advocate for a child’s right to live free of commercial exploitation.
"We invite you to be a part of the global movement that views honouring children as the best way to create sustainable, peace-making societies." - Raffi To learn more about the Centre for Child Honouring, please visit the Centre for Child Honouring and join "the compassion revolution."
Family Health and Fitness Day USAis a national health and fitness event for families always held the last Saturday in September.
The event's purpose is to promote the importance of regular physical activity for children and their parents. Families will participate in health promotion events at hundreds of locations throughout the country, including YMCAs and health clubs, park districts, schools, houses of worship and state and local health organizations.
It's Family Time!
You can jump rope, ride bikes, and take a walk as a family. Remember to be safe by using sunscreen, bike helmets, and staying hydrated.
Fruits. Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the Fruit Group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.
In general, 1 cup of fruit or 100% fruit juice, or ½ cup of dried fruit can be considered as 1 cup from the Fruit Group. The following link lists specific fruits and amounts that count as one cup of fruit (or in some cases equivalents for ½ cup are noted.)MyPlate Fruits.
Vegetables. Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the Vegetable Group. Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed. Vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups, based on their nutrient content. Dark-green vegetables; Red and orange vegetables; Beans and peas (legumes); Starchy vegetables; and Others. In general, 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens is considered as 1 cup from the Vegetable Group. The following link lists specific vegetables and amounts that count as 1 cup of vegetables (or in some cases equivalents for ½ cup are noted). MyPlate Vegetables.
Safety with Fruits and Vegetables
* Rinse and wash fruits and vegetables before preparing or eating them. Under clean, running water, rub fruits and vegetables briskly with your hands to remove dirt and surface microorganisms. Dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towel after rinsing. * Keep fruits and vegetables separate from raw meat, poultry and seafood while shopping, preparing and storing.
Bring color to your life, and your plate, with nutritious, delicious vegetables. Visit Fruits and Veggies, More Matters for healthy recipes, menus, fruit and vegetable nutrition information, tips on healthy meal planning and how to get your kids involved in healthy cooking!